The timing of Wryn and Sprite's parting last Saturday couldn't have been better. I received a call from the shelter asking if I would be interested in taking on a pregnant kitty. Sadly my phone's reception was spotty, so I didn't get all of the details, but it turns out she was being transported down from up north and I should be able to pick her up on Saturday afternoon. After dropping the girls off and spending some time with their new family, I went to the shelter to meet her.
Turns out she was not happy from the move down and all that she went through. She became quite fractious and they needed to use welding gloves to get her out of the cage.
She didn't attack, but she was in full defensive mode; Do not touch me, do not look at me, don't even think about me.
Fortunately, my job at this point is fairly easy. I brought her home and opened up the carrier. When my back was turned opening up a can of cat food, she bolted from the carrier and hid under the couch.
I sat around in the room for about an hour being quiet and watching tv and she wouldn't come out. I took this photo by laying on the ground and having a conversation with her to which her reply was 'Do not touch me, do not look at me, don't even think about me.' (okay fine, it was a low growl)
I got up and sat back down on the couch for another few minutes, and decided to give her some peace and quite. She remained under the couch until it was dark and then came out.
Her behavior at night is interesting because she did end up laying in the middle of the floor.
I was hopeful because of the amount of time she spent not only out from under the couch but also because she sat in the middle of the floor several times. Unfortunately, when I went in the next morning she was once again under the couch, or more technically behind it.
I've started some calming options with her. I am hopeful that time and space will help her true spirit shine through and she will be able to share her pregnancy and the future kittens with me but I simply do not know. I know nothing about her. Her name is "Skinny" which will change soon, she is obviously pregnant, she is obviously in a bad mood. The shelter guessed she had two weeks until she gives birth.
So at the moment, I have Schrödinger's Kittens going on here as I both have kittens, and I don't have kittens, and a kitten watch has officially started.